Singer’s injury delays Pantera’s ‘Steel’ tour

Anselmo's broken ribs force band to cancel for first time

Metal band Pantera on Thursday announced revised U.S. dates for its “Real Steel” tour, originally skedded to hit the road this fall.

Tour, organized to support Pantera’s fifth major-label studio recording, was put on hold after the group’s lead vocalist Philip Anselmo broke two ribs last month after a nasty fall. Incident marked the first time the band, which has toured extensively for over a decade, has ever had to cancel a date.

“Our fans know we were freaked about how things went down,” said drummer and designated spokesman Vinnie Paul. “We plan to honor every ticket and play in front of every person that bought a ticket or wanted to buy a ticket for our shows.”

Pantera said it will kick off the new and improved tour on Feb. 1 of next year, but the first confirmed date isn’t until Feb. 14, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Minneapolis, Minn. Pantera is slated to play Gotham’s Hammerstein Ballroom on March 8.

Supporting acts for the tour are not yet confirmed, but Soulfly, an alt-metal group founded by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, will pull opening duties for at least some of the dates, sources close to the bands confirmed.